Having had a few months to digest the experience and put things into perspective (went in August 2012), I would say this is a very good hotel, BUT only go there (Sorrento/area as whole included!) IF with an agenda such as being able to cross off visits to Capri, Herculaneum and Pompei from your bucket list.
A tourist trap with capital T's. Cannot fault the hotel and staff. All very good albeit the Capidimonte is probably not the most child friendly hotel around, but we kind of knew that from other reviews so didn't have high expectations to start with in this regard.
The main problem could be they are trying to 'sell' themselves as a slightly better hotel than what they really are and that brings me to dinner time....
If I stay in France and go to a 5 star restaurant, I expect to find a nice, rich 'gourmet' dinner. Limited quantity, but yet tasty and filling. When I go to a 4 star restaurant/hotel in Italy, I would like to be able to fill my boots (it's holiday after all!). That was not the case here unfortunately apart from Wednesday's when it was buffet night!
Although you get an a la carte menu to select your 3 courses from, they are all very limited when it comes to quantity. 'Meat balls and spaghetti' was 2 golf ball sized meatballs and, no lie, another golf ball sized ball of spaghetti! I don't think I eat more or less than the bloke next door, but this didn't even touch the sides..
To cut a long story short; keep an eye on your tabs so you don't face a nasty surprise when you settle up at the end of your holiday. If you have very active/ lively and perhaps noisy kids (in other words; 'kids'!) then think twice about this hotel (no dedicated kids pool and the pool is ruled with an iron fist by the life guard who I fully appreciate is only acting on orders, so don't have a go at him - very friendly and helpful in other matters!). Do bed and breakfast and spend your saving in the restaurants in town (literally a 5 mins walk!). Still relatively pricey, BUT you get 'proper' meals.
Lastly, guess I should thank the hotel for not having put on as much weight as I normally do when returning from 2 weeks of indulgence, which should see me in fairly good shape when travelling to Lanzarote this weekend coming. No doubt a week of all inclusive there will soon ruin that....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A prestigious 4 Star Superior Rating Hotel built on the lines of the typical Mediterranean architecture, positioned on the rocky mountain dominating the town of Sorrento and the enchanting Gulf of Naples. A striking and imposing hall, wonderfully designed into the rock cavern ambience, is connected with the fifth floor of the Hotel, thanks to two fast elevators. Guests will be welcomed by a selected and highly professional staff. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Sorrento
- Sorrento Capodimonte
- Hotel Capodimonte Sorrento
- Capodimonte Hotel Sorrento
- Grand Hotel Capodimonte Sorrento